No Good (Start the Dance)

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"No Good (Start the Dance)"
Single by The Prodigy
from the album Music for the Jilted Generation
Released 16 May 1994
Format 12", cassette, CD
Recorded Essex, England
Genre Oldschool jungle, breakbeat hardcore, electronica, rave
Length 6:17 (Album version)
4:01 (edit)
Label XL
Writer(s) Liam Howlett
Producer(s) Liam Howlett
The Prodigy singles chronology
"One Love"
(1993)
"No Good (Start the Dance)"
(1994)
"Voodoo People"
(1994)

"No Good (Start the Dance)", listed simply as "No Good" on their singles collection, is a song by English electronic music group The Prodigy. The song was written and produced by group member Liam Howlett. The song was released as the second single from their second studio album Music for the Jilted Generation on 16 May 1994.

The song is built around a repeated vocal sample from "You're No Good for Me" by Kelly Charles (1987). Howlett initially had doubts whether to use the sample because he thought it was too pop for his taste. The song also contains samples from "Funky Nassau" by Bahamian funk group The Beginning of the End.

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Walter Stern combines the humorous flavour of that for the band's previous video for "Out of Space" with the menace of "Firestarter" and "Breathe" videos to come. Filmed in an underground warehouse, the video features characters dancing to the song, including a very manic Liam Howlett, whilst other band members prowl around moodily. After Howlett breaks down a plaster wall with a sledgehammer, group member Keith Flint is seen in a straitjacket, eventually being locked into a Plexiglas box-prison.

In 2012, the music video became the last music video to be played on the music channel NME TV directly before its closure.

Remixes and samples[edit]

A drum and bass remix of the song was made by DJ SS. Since the Prodigy's use of the samples, several other artists, including Oxide & Neutrino, Plan B, Ultrabeat and Kollegah have sampled "You're No Good for Me" by Kelly Charles.

Lostprophets have incorporated the song into their cover of The Prodigy's song "Omen" during their live shows.

Track listing[edit]

XL recordings[edit]

12" vinyl record
  1. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Original Mix) – 6:22
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Bad for You Mix) – 6:52 (remixed by Liam Howlett)
  3. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland Museum Mix) – 5:14
CD single
  1. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Edit) – 4:01
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Bad for You Mix) – 6:52 (remixed by Liam Howlett)
  3. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland Museum Mix) – 5:14
  4. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Original Mix) – 6:22

Sony/Dancepool[edit]

  1. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (Edit) – 4:01
  2. "No Good (Start the Dance)" (CJ Bolland's Mix) – 5:14
  3. "One Love" (Jonny L Remix) – 5:10
  4. "Jericho" (Genaside II Remix) – 5:45
  5. "G-Force" (Energy Flow) – 5:18

Chart performance[edit]

The Prodigy single
Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 45
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 4
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 22
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 4

Fedde Le Grand and Sultan & Ned Shepard version[edit]

"No Good"
Single by Fedde Le Grand and Sultan & Ned Shepard
Released 23 September 2013
Genre Dance music
Length 3:00
Label Spinnin' Records
Fedde Le Grand chronology
"Long Way From Home"
(2013)
"No Good"
(2013)
Sultan & Ned Shepard chronology
"Long Way From Home"
(2013)
"No Good"
(2013)
Music video
"No Good" on YouTube

In 2013, Dutch house DJ and producer Fedde le Grand and Canadian electronic music duo Sultan & Ned Shepard released a remake of the hit on Spinnin' Records.

The single charted in SNEP, the official French Singles Chart as well as in the "bubbling under" Ultratip in the Belgian (Wallonia) French market Singles Chart.

Tracklist
  1. "No Good" (Club Edit) (3:00)
  2. "No Good" (Extended Mix) (5:17)
Chart performance
Chart (2013) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip - Wallonia Singles Chart)[10] 43
(Ultratip)
France (SNEP)[11] 60

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